Proper posture is under fire: more jobs require humans in front of computers, more humans seek entertainment from their personal computers, more time is spent commuting and there seems to be less awareness than ever regarding posture and its pitfalls. A region that flies under the radar when it comes to posture is the hamstring. Sitting for hours on end leaves them in a state of perpetual contraction that causes them to shorten and, consequently, pull on the pelvis leading to destabilization of the lower back and misalignment in the lower vertebrae. But how are you to know if your indiscriminate, seemingly chronic back pain is caused by a problem originating in the legs? Try a quick test:
- Sit on the floor with one leg and foot extended, the other folded in the butterfly position.
- Press down on the folded knee and reach for your toes
Can you touch? If not, then chances are your hamstrings are tight and this means different things to everyone. Some people have no problem at all but for others it affects their posture, creates pain and limits movement. At Holmes Chiropractic, we use spinal adjustment to solve any resulting misalignment and work on alleviating nerves from painful compression. From here, we use targeted stretching and strengthening to release the region from tension and prevent future problems. Posture can feel like an uphill battle, but the upside is undoubtedly worth it. Let us help you find some inspiration by calling our office in Houston to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Randall Holmes, D.C.